Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidson - Intermediate Finger Exercises and RSPBA MAP Tunes

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Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)

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For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.

Five discussion points

1   First high G gracenote bar 1 - this takes up a quarter of the 16th note preceding it (low A). To maintain the heavy weak medium weak beat pattern in strathspeys it is essential to soften the gracing which leads on to the second beat of the bar.
2   Tachum bar 1 - the high G gracenote fits into one third of the preceding 16th note, giving the effect of being a big gracenote. This helps create rhythmical balance and shape in the tune.
3   Throw bar 1 - the D and the C strike are the same length as each other. This is a common trick in strathspey playing as it makes the throw seem heavier without altering the low G (which as in this case isn't really avaialble for alteration).
4   Hara bar 2 - the strike comes up on the beat. Alternatives are possible but this choice has been made for this interpretation, and for playing together. Also, drummers have a variety of options which will match onto this well.
5   High G doubling bar 3 - as with the throw in bar 1, the G and F are the same length as each other to give a little extra emphasis. Listen carefully to the midi files.

Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)

Exercise 1

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Exercise 2

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Exercise 3

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Exercise 4

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Exercise 5

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